Boon inspects Ranchi stadium for ODI

The former Aussie top-order batsman scanned the corporate boxes, pitch, practice ground, and other facilities.

Ranchi: International Cricket Council (ICC) match referee and former Australian batsman David Boon on Wednesday visited the Jharkhand State Cricket International Stadium at Dhurwa, Ranchi, which will host its maiden One-Day International between India and England on January 19.

Boon was accompanied by Suru Nayak, manager, cricket operations, at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

Boon also met Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) president Amitabh Choudhary and secretary Sunil Singh.

In the close to two hours that he spent at the venue, the former Aussie top-order batsman scanned the corporate boxes, pitch, practice ground, and other facilities.

“He advised us to trim the grass further. Besides that, he didn’t have much to point out and congratulated us for maintaining a beautiful facility,” said Choudhary.

The BCCI had also inspected the stadium a couple of months ago and given its approval.

According to the JSCA officials, the total cost incurred in the construction of the stadium was around Rs 200 crore. "The proposed rates for tickets are Rs 1500, Rs 1200 and ` Rs 2,500,” said an official. The stadium can seat between 35,000 and 40,000 spectators.

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